Athens city council is due to take a final vote on a site plan for a large development on US 175 West that will include a gas station, convenience store and quick service restaurant with drive-thru.
Director of Development Services Audrey Sloan said the project has been delayed but is on track to be completed in 2022.
The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. on Monday at the Athens Partnership Center.
The site plan submitted by Winters Oil Partners includes a modification of the entrances to US 175, with the one to the southeast becoming a double entrance to accommodate the gas station and any business that may be built on the side closest to the sea. loop 7. A stipulation added to the plan is that signage be posted on the property offering overnight parking.
Sloan said the drive-through restaurant should be a Sonic.
A public hearing and a vote on the site plan took place during the Town Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on September 10 before being sent to City Council.
The development is located just after the intersection of Highway 175 West with Loop 7. Coming from the direction of Eustace, it will offer motorists their first opportunity to refuel before entering Athens. Those who ride Loop 7 can refuel or grab a bite to eat without driving into the main part of town.
The parking lot will be large enough to allow 18-wheel trucks to park and refuel.
Winters Oil Partners, was founded in 1972 and is based in Corsica, with developments in several locations in the region.
In February 2020, the city council approved a dish for the development of Athens. The dish included 3.3 acres
being annexed to the city and 14.35 acres already within its limits. The property has been zoned for planned development.